Last week Ellie of PetalPlum shared her thoughts on slow stitching with us. She provided insight into her slow living approach to life. She shared the value of finding joy and delight in the little things. Moreover, she shared how intentional crafting can be one way to bring more mindfulness to everyday life.
In this second part of the interview, I asked her:
“What steps would you suggest someone take if they want to start incorporating slow crafting into their lives?”
Here is Ellie’s answer.
Start Small and Simple
How to Do Slow Stitching
- Scraps of fabric (an old sheet or dress or anything will do)
- Sewing needle
In other words, you probably already have what you need to start slow stitching.
I do have an online Slow Mindful Stitching video, that is available for free on my website. Many people have told me how helpful, nourishing, and almost life-changing it has been for them. It has my slow crafting tips. Plus it teaches you how to embrace the art of slow stitching.
Make Time for Slow Crafting
The only other thing that you’ll need is a little bit of time. However, you can start with just fifteen minutes per day. Hopefully, you’ll find little pockets of time here and there where you’ll want to stitch or keep on creating.
Many people say that they’ll start crafting when they aren’t so busy. However, the truth is if we want to make change happen in our lives, then we have to actively create change.
Our lives will not get less busy. We must intentionally ‘unbusy’ ourselves. Giving ourselves permission to enjoy our little moments of slow crafting is one step to begin making that change.
Therefore, one of my slow crafting tips is just to give yourself permission to take the time out of each day to do this for yourself.
Find Support in the Craft Community
Next up in my slow crafting tips is that I’d suggest you join a community of makers. You can do that online through Instagram or in person with a local guild or group.
Find inspiration and connections. However, don’t let yourself be drawn into comparisons and competition. This is a particular risk online. Be sure to unfollow anyone who makes you feel not worthy, or not good enough. Make this place your circle of positive community.
The connections made and shared through our crafts can be some of the most important in our lives. People experiencing depression, anxiety, or fears may find that meeting other crafters can offer a guide back to themselves.